Lucknow: Under fire for allegedly abducting the top medical officer of Gonda, Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Revenue Vinod Kumar Singh resigned on Friday.

"I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister as I am a devoted worker of SP. I will continue to provide my services to the people of the state and my constituency Gonda as an MLA", Singh told.

Asked as to why he was stepping down, Singh said, "I think some people are trying to malign the image of the party taking my name and I don't want this to happen".

Asked about his involvement in the abduction of the CMO, Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh maintained that he was innocent.

The state government had yesterday ordered a high-level inquiry into the alleged abduction of the chief medical officer of Gonda S P Singh.

Sources in the government said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav had taken strong note of the media reports in this regard.

According to the reports, the CMO was allegedly abducted by the Minister as he was "unhappy" over the refusal to accommodate his nominees on the list of doctors on contract recruited by the district health department under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Meanwhile, the CMO, who had been in hiding since Monday night, said though he had not given any complaint in writing, the incident was more or less  what had been reported in the media.

The CMO's family in Mau said their prime concern is the welfare of Singh as of now. Though the minister's resignation has been welcomed by the party by and large, senior leader and national general secretary Mohan Singh has demanded further action. "Resignation alone is not enough, further action also needs to be taken", Mohan Singh said.

(Agencies)

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